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Storm Aiden played its part as the Cotswold Stages saw a (brief) return to rallying, in England, ahead of a 2nd covid-19 related lockdown. The one constant all day was the wind but in the morning it was a deluge, lunchtime it was glare off the standing water and in the afternoon largely dry tarmac as the low Autumn sun drops in the sky. With the top two retiring early Rob Dennis & Andrew Boswell (Fabia Proto) took victory by over a minute. Andy Corner & Ade Camp were a superb 2nd overall, 1st 2WD crew in their 205 GTi. The podium was completed by Jim Munden & Dale Lovegrove (Impreza) by just 1s as they moved ahead of Dan Corner & Richard Evans (205 GTi) on the final stage. Read More »

Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) followed up their 2019 success on the Donignton Rally by retaining it in 2020. They were fastest on all 7 stages and took victory by almost 3 minutes from Ian Woodhouse & Paul Rowland (Escort MkII). Woodhouse had an advantage of almost 50s going in to the final pair of stages and understandably backed off still finishing over 20s clear of Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). Morris had been in a tight battle with Peter Smith & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) and was 1s behind with a stage to go, eventually coming out on top by 3s. Read More »

The Lake District saw what might be the last forest rally for some time in the UK and it was Adrien Fourmaux & Renaud Jamoul (Fiesta R5 MkII) who utterly dominated to take victory by over a minute and a half, along with fastest time on all 7 stages. Freddie Milne & Paul Beaton (Fiesta R5) were an early 2nd overall but they went off on stage 2 leaving the way open for Dylan Davies & Llion Williams (Fabia R5), who were 3rd after the opening stage. They dropped half a minute on stage 2 so it was Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) who took over 2nd place. Petch didn’t put a wheel wrong and kept 2nd place and it was Russ Thompson & Andy Murphy (Evo IX) who took 3rd place mid event and completed the podium. Read More »

It was a little bit something different for a rare chance to enjoy some motorsport on a leap year day as we took in the Network Q Rally Revival. It all started in Chester with a variety of road sections, mixed in with closed sections on private grounds. With the ford at Nant Mill overflowing the crews were re-routed and we picked them up on the World’s End section where the pot holed road had plenty of standing water. A drive down to Weston Park followed before we hot footed it up to Oulton Park for 2 runs around the rally school track and it proved to be an entertaining day. Read More »

Blustery winds and the odd squally shower hit the rally stage on this years Race Retro. With better spectator viewing the weather did not put off the spectators, for the 1st run at least, as well over 100 different cars tackled the main feature stage and the rally rides stage. With everything from contemporary R5’s through to Group A, Kit cars, Group B, Group 4, Land Crabs and many more, there was a huge variety of cars on display. Didier Auriol was the main name from the past who put in several runs in the Sierra Cosworth, whilst 2019 ERC Champion Chris Ingram was present to have a play in a few cars too. Read More »

Storm Dennis was battering the rest of the country but East Anglia avoided most fo the rain and only got the winds. It was not enough to halt Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) from their 5th consecutive win and a clean sweep of fastest stage times too. They took victory by almost two and a half minutes from Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). Morris had briefly come under pressure for 2nd place but they held off Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5) who were 47s behind in 3rd overall, including a 10s penalty incurred on stage 3. Read More »

The BRC and BTRDA kicked off their 2020 seasons at the Cambrian and it was local ace Matt Edwards, co-driven by Darren Garrod, who took his Fiesta R5 MkII to another win. It didn’t start out plain sailing though as Edwards was 4th, just over 3 seconds off early leaders Tom Cave & Dale Furniss (i20 R5). Edwards then went fastest on the 2nd stage to climb to 2nd place and this was followed up with another fastest time in Penmachno which would change the face of the rally. Cave dropped three and a half minutes, one of a number of crews to hit issues in the challenging stage. Edwards then continued setting fastest times on all but the final stage to take victory by just under 40s. Read More »

Two months earlier than usual the Alan Healy could have been struck by much worse weather but overnight rain was as bad as it got. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) maintained the recent run of fine performances, taking victory by over a minute. It did not start well as stalls on the tight hairpins meant that Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Escort MkII) held the lead after two stages. Bird then set fastest time on all of the remaining 7 stages to pull away. Kelly held on to 2nd place by 8s from Paul Smith & Dale Bowen (Fiesta R5), which was all the more remarkable as the stage conditions all day suited 4WD cars better than his rear wheel drive. Read More »

Wet and windy conditions gripped Grizedale forest as Ollie Mellors & Ian Windress (Iriz R5) took a 45s victory from Jock Armstrong & Cameron Fair (Impreza) but it has been far as simple as that. On the openong stage Mellors was the only competitor under 10 minutes some 23s faster than his nearest rival but 40s dropped on the following stage saw Armstrong leading from Thomas Preston & Carl Williamson (Fiesta WRC). Mellors had slipped down to 3rd place before the crews tackled the two runs of Dunnerdale with Preston closing in to just 7s of Armstrong, whilst Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) had closed in on Mellors for 3rd, just 3s behind. Read More »

It was great to see the Wyedean running again and it was Matthew Hirst & Declan Dear (Evo IX) who took victory on the slick stages. Heavy rain in the lead up and on the day meant treacherous conditions for the 85 starters with a 10 crews going out on the opening stage. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) were fastest by a second from Hirst, but Hirst hit back on stage 2 to take the lead by 1s. Elliott slipped back on stage 3 with Alex Allingham & Ross Weir (Escort MkII) moving up in to 2nd place at the service interval. Read More »